Do you play a musical instrument? Please comment and tell us what it is (or they are) and how you use them.

About a year ago, at age 60, I began playing an instrument.  The instrument I chose to play is the concertina.  I chose this for a host of reasons -- it is light (unlike an accordion), relatively easy to learn, and I like the sound. I like a bellows instrument, and if I were younger, I would have probably taken up the accordion or bandoneon.

Decades ago I tried to play the harmonica, but "I could not control my tongue."  You heard it here first.  So I gave up.

I take the concertina with me sometimes to nursing home visits and play hymns for shut-ins when I stop by. Some of those folks really appreciate it.  It has be a great stress-reliever for me.  Since I love the music of the 1920's and 30's, that is most of what I play at home.

Many of you play an instrument or instruments.

Please comment on your instrument, if you don't mind.  BTW, kazoos do not count.  But a glockenspiel does count.  A photo is always welcome, if you can figure out how to post one.  I found one of me with my grandson by searching images at Google (I use this photo for my facebook picture).

 

 

Yes, I play 3 or more instruments.
24% (6 votes)
Yes, I play 2 instruments.
4% (1 vote)
Yes, I play 1 instrument.
32% (8 votes)
I no longer play an instrument(s), but I used to do so.
20% (5 votes)
No, I do not play an instrument.
20% (5 votes)
Other
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 25
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Aaron Blumer's picture

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I play keyboard... which usually means piano. 

Wee bit of guitar, but not enough to count. Yet.

(Goofed off a bit with my brother's/nieces' dulcimer... maybe between it and guitar I can claim a total of 2!)

"I couldn't control my tongue"     As the kids say, LOL.

pvawter's picture

I have played the trombone since 4th grade and the guitar since I was 22.

When I was in HS I bought a new trombone to replace the thrift shop models I'd played since elementary. Since I couldn't afford the $1600 Yamaha, I settled for one I'd never heard of, a Getzen. Then, 6 years ago, I became a pastor in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, less than 1/2 mile from the Getzen instrument company. It's really a fine instrument.

Andrew K's picture

A few years ago I began to feel my education deficient since I didn't know how to play an instrument; so I taught myself how to play a 5-string Finnish kantele. It is a simple instrument to play, and just strumming the chords for hymns or plucking a few simple folk melodies on the strings by myself brings me enormous satisfaction. 

Ed Vasicek's picture

Can you include a picture of this instrument, please?

 

"The Midrash Detective"

Aaron Blumer's picture

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I assume it's the kantele you want the photo of, not the piano or radio? Smile

Wikipedia has a nice post and photos. 

Andrew K's picture

Ed Vasicek wrote:

Can you include a picture of this instrument, please?

 

Not mine, but pretty much identical. My dad made mine for me, with some purchased plans. It has a beautiful, bell-like sound. :) 

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Andrew K wrote:

 

Ed Vasicek wrote:

 

Can you include a picture of this instrument, please?

 

 

 

Not mine, but pretty much identical. My dad made mine for me, with some purchased plans. It has a beautiful, bell-like sound. :) 

Thank you. Sort of in the lap-harp dulcimer family, would you say?

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Andrew K's picture

Yep!

I chose it because that family of instruments (lap harps) is about the easiest to learn, and doesn't require any particularly ghastly body-contortions. I'm also part Finnish, so that played a role. 

pvawter's picture

Yesterday, one of the men from the church brought me a 60s Olds cornet that he found. As of last night, I could play a C major scale. Does that qualify me for a 3rd instrument?

Ed Vasicek's picture

Jim wrote:

My pastor forbids my participation in our services

 

#quenchingthespirit

 

If you are visiting out our way, we'll use you for an offertory.  I can preach on the land of milk and honey, and the cow bell would reinforce the text!

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Ed Vasicek's picture

I love the cornet.  Really.  Bix Biederbecke, when he was with Jean Goldkette and then Paul Whiteman was the most amazing cornet (jazz style) ever.  I love the hot licks!  If you want names of groups that feature an occasional cornet solo nowadays, let me know.

Bix was hot but laid back at the same time.  His solo begins at about 2:00 on the Youtube video, although you can hear him with the band at the beginning.

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pvawter's picture

I'm a looooooong way from playing cornet like that.

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pvawter wrote:

I'm a looooooong way from playing cornet like that.

Yes, I would imagine so!  But it illustrates what a GREAT instrument the cornet is.  It exists in the shadow of the trumpet, but has a neat sound all its own.

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